German composer Johannes Brahms was just 20 years old when wrote the piano piece “Albumblatt” in 1853. Now, nearly 160 years later, it will receive its world premiere next week on BBC radio, the broadcaster announced Friday.
“Albumblatt is an incredible discovery which gives a fascinating insight into the workings of this great composer,” said Roger Wright, an official with the BBC.
The work was only discovered recently when conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood was going through some papers at Princeton University Library, according to Agence France-Presse.
Hogwood came across the short piece in a visitors book once owned by the director of music of German’s Goettingen University.
“Although it lasts just two minutes, the work is a clearly defined piece of music complete with markings directing how it should be played,” according to the wire service.